The Political Economy of Tax Reform in Latin America

December 11, 2012 // 8:30am1:00pm

Numerous studies have documented the extent to which systems for collecting tax revenue in the region remain regressive and have done little to improve the region’s high levels of inequality. What might progressive tax reform-and an accompanying political strategy-look like? How are decisions about the tax structure made and who are the key players?  How does the political, social, and economic context shape the arena of strategic decision making and/or the possibilities for reform?

8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.   Welcome
Cynthia Arnson, Woodrow Wilson Center

8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Keynotes
Santiago Levy, Inter-American Development Bank
Vito Tanzi, former Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF  Comment: Carlos M. Gutiérrez, Citibank

10:25 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Panel I
Juan Pablo Jiménez, CEPAL
Carlos Elizondo, CIDE, Mexico
Natalia Salazar, Fedesarrollo, Colombia     Moderator: Marcelo Bergman, Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Argentina

11:50 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Panel II
José Roberto Afonso, Technical Consultant, Brazilian Federal Senate
Andrés Rius, Universidad de la República, Uruguay
Tasha Fairfield, London School of Economics    Moderator: James Mahon, Williams College


5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Event Speakers List: 
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • Former director of the IMF Fiscal Affairs Department
  • Universidad de la República, Uruguay
  • Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), Mexico
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